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Norway Information

Population: 4.54 million

Time Zone: GMT + 1

Driving side: Drivers drive on the right hand side of the road

Languages: Norwegian Bokmal Norwegian Nynorskn Northe

Religion: Christian (86% Evangelical Lutheran)

Emergency #: Ambulance and medical assistance tel. 113
Police tel.112
Fire Brigade tel. 110

Norway Popular Destinations

Oslo is an attractive outdoors city with friendly people. Norway's most popular attraction can be found here, Vigeland Park. The park is home to almost 200 sculptures made by Gustav Vigeland and is a beautiful place to spend a relaxing day admiring the sculptures. The Frogner district has some elegant historical buildings and the city itself is full of fine museums and monuments. The Akershus Slott & Festning is a medieval castle and fortress, which was built in 1300 and reconstructed many times after that as a result of frequent attacks over the centuries. Try to time your visit here for when the Changing of the Guard ceremony is underway.

Bergen - A historical city, which is the gateway to the western fjords. From Bergen you can take trips to Sognefjord, Norway's deepest (1300km) and longest (200m) fjord, the awesome Jostedalsbreen glacier and the spectacular waterfalls at Geirangerfjord. Trollveggen near Ã…ndalsnes is a craggy summit that is considered to be the ultimate challenge by many Norwegian mountain climbers.

Oslo-Bergen railway - If you like train journeys don't miss the 291mile journey on the Oslo-Bergen railway. This is Norway's finest and most spectacular trip, which passes through magnificent mountain ranges and the exposed Hardanger plateau.

Tromse - The 'Gateway to the Arctic' with a scenic backdrop of snow-capped mountains, is a lively town with street music, cultural events and a huge number of pubs. The town has a few period buildings and the Tromsø Museum, which is an excellent place to find out about Lapp culture. Skiing is popular here in winter.

Moving Around Norway

Air - Distances in Norway are huge which means air travel will be necessary on most visits to the country. There are two domestic carriers, which fly to almost 50 airports across the country.

Buses - There is also an extensive bus network, with a network of routes connecting every main city as well as some of the more remote areas.

Rail - The national rail system is more limited but main lines run from Oslo to the larger cities and towns. Trams and underground - Oslo has an underground rail system and an excellent tram service.

Ferries - Ferries and express boats link the country's offshore islands, coastal towns and fjord districts. There is a ship from Bergen every night, which calls at over 30 ports on a six-day journey to Kirkenes, which provides a good sample of Norway's sights

Cars - Major car-rental companies have bases at airports and city centres but their rates are very expensive.

Cycling - Because its long distances, narrow roads and hilly landscape, Norway is not particularly suited to cycling, although traffic round the country is generally very light.

National festival and holidays

Constitution Day - on the 17 May is Norway's biggest holiday. It is when many Norwegians dress in traditional folk costumes and take to the streets to have a good time.

Midsummer's Eve - usually held on 23 June, is usually celebrated with bonfires on the beaches.

Easter - is when the Sami people (Lapps) hold colourful celebrations in Karasjok and Kautokeino. The festivities include concerts, reindeer races, and traditional chanting, joik.

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Lillehammer Olympic region in Norway. Here you'll find holiday in our Lillehammer accommodation section. You'll also find visitor information on a range of topics such as Lillehammer Olympic venues, scenic attractions, museums in Lillehammer, biking, fishing, activities for kids, national parks, shopping, walking, activities on the lake, restaurants and pubs, maps of Lillehammer.

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